Oregano as a potential treatment for prostate cancer

April 1, 2013

Prostate cancer kills 1 in 36 men and is the  second leading cause of cancer in men in this country.  In 2012, it is estimated that there will be 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed and 28,170 deaths from this disease.  Testing on carvacrol, a compound found in oregano, is currently being done at LIU's Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is showing promising results.  The preliminary results have shown that carvacrol can induce apoptosis in prostate cancer cells.  Apoptosis is a term used to describe a cells ability to commit suicide.  Oregano is already known to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a very potent antioxidant.  Increased oxidative stress in the body has been linked to many diseases including cancer so increasing foods that are high in antioxidants can help combat these disease processes.


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